Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers are now available in all 55 counties in West Virginia, according to a release from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Vouchers are distributed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
The release said vouchers can be exchanged for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from participating farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs.
“As health care costs continue to rise in West Virginia, programs like the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program become even more important," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "This program ensures West Virginia seniors, on a fixed-income, have access to fresh, healthy produce while expanding market opportunities for our farmers.
"A lot of the food being purchased with vouchers are items our seniors might not be able afford otherwise.”
Eligible seniors over the age of 60 can sign up at their local senior centers. Vouchers are distributed to seniors who meet certain requirements.
“The Department works with a lot of great partners around the state to distribute these vouchers. If someone has a question or wants to check their eligibility, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local senior center or the department,” Leonhardt said. “The SFMNP is good health for our seniors and the West Virginia economy.”
Local participating farmer's markets include:
• Fayette Co. Tailgate Markets, Visitor’s Center/Station, Parking Lot, Court St., Fayetteville, Saturday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. from May through October
• Oak Hill Pavilion on Virginia St., Oak Hill, Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m. from May to October
• The Brier Patch, 207 Briarpatch Lane, Mt. Hope, by appointment, 304-673-0568, from June to August
• A Place To Grow, 4031 Lochgilly Road, Oak Hill, from June 27 to Aug. 16
• Fayette Co. Starting Points, FRC, 5407 Midland Trail, Alloy, June 13, Aug. 9, Sept. 5
• Lewisburg Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot between Post Office and United Methodist Church, Washington Street, Lewisburg Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to October
• Alderson Farmers Market, Alderson Visitors Center, 107 E. Riverview Ave, Alderson, Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m. from May to October
• Greenbrier Valley Farmers Market, Corner of Hwy 219 & Arbuckle Lane adjacent to Courthouse parking lot, Lewisburg, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May to October
• Rainelle Farmers Market, Old King Cole Parking Lot, Main St, Rainelle, Next to Dr. Allen’s Office, Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. from May to October
• Mountain View Farm, 6857 Pine Grove Road, Ballard, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May to October
• Linside Senior Center, Rt. 219, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Summersville Tailgate Market, Broad Street, Summersville, Across from Dairy Queen, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July to September
• Beckley Uptown Farmers Mkt, Beckley Intermodal Gateway, Parking Garage, Neville St., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. from July to October
• Summers Co Farmers Market, Lifeline Church Parking Lot beside Rite Aid on Avis Drive, Hinton, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July to September
• Sprouting Farms, 4661 Rt. 3 & 12, Talcott, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Wyoming County Farmers Market (RAIL), Mullens Opportunity Center (inside), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June to October
• Wyoming Co. Farmers Market, Mullens Opportunity Center Parking Lot, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Local partnering senior centers include Fayette County Office, administered by Putnam Aging Services; Greenbrier County Committee on Aging; Monroe County Council on Aging; Nicholas Community Action Partnership; Raleigh County Commission on Aging; Summers County Council on Aging; and Council on Aging, Wyoming County.
For more information, visit agriculture.wv.gov.
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